Runoff may shape 2010 election

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ATLANTA -- Republican leaders sounded the alarm this morning that next month’s Senate runoff will set the momentum for the governor’s race in 2010.

Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart warned members of the House GOP caucus meeting that the runoff result could embolden Democrats.

"If we don’t win this race, the Democrats will think they can take your seat in two years," she said. "This is our test case."

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., asked the legislators to share their campaign volunteers and their time during the three weeks until he faces Democratic nominee Jim Martin in the Dec. 2 contest.

"We’re excited about the opportunity to win the first 2010 election," he said. "I don’t have to tell you how critical this is for all of us."

Chambliss is opening 10 campaign offices around the state tomorrow and has hired former Sonny Perdue campaign aide Derrick Dickey to head up the effort to get out the vote.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who was a longtime member of the Georgia House before his election to Congress, reminded his former colleagues that the runoff victory in 1992 of Republican Paul Coverdell began the momentum that led to the GOP takeover of the U.S. House in 1994.

Over the weekend, David Poythress, the first declared Democratic candidate for governor, said that he wants make sure that more Democrats are on the ballot in 2010 than during this year’s election cycle.

"I will volunteer my staff and my campaign to assist any state House or state Senate candidate in the 2010 elections," he said. "It’s an embarrassment that 102 members of a Republican Party that has mismanaged the affairs of the state of Georgia were allowed to be automatically re-elected without opposition."

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Spurs07
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Spurs07 11/10/08 - 02:12 pm
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Wishful thinking, do they

Wishful thinking, do they really think that this run-off election is going to shift momentum for GOP in 2010. Get REAL

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/10/08 - 04:21 pm
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Count me in Saxby! We must

Count me in Saxby! We must ALL do whatever we can to prevent a total takeover of our government by the liberal Democrats. Where's Newt now that we REALLY need him!

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aaa 11/10/08 - 04:46 pm
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The movement to retake

The movement to retake Congress in 2010 is real and it has already begun. Dems will be defeated. After we secure Saxby's seat for 2008, we will replace him in next primary with a real conservative.

Aliyah
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Aliyah 11/10/08 - 08:47 pm
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Get out and VOTE.Don't take a

Get out and VOTE.Don't take a chance.Remember Jim Whithead.Don't stay at home and presume.We really need Saxby to WIN.

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